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Michael Wiechmann: Missing student maybe in woods – FOUND

Michael Wiechman

Update: Michael has been found.  He called his parents from the train station in Elgin and he is now home.

Police are looking for a Southern Illinois University in Carbondale student who went missing on Monday.

On April 18th, he sent a note to his parents that said “school wasn’t for him.”

Investigators found that Michael has taken all the money out of his bank account and bought camping equipment.  His roommate said that Michael had been looking at survival techniques and camping areas in the Mark Twain National Forest on his computer before he left.   Michael did not take his cell phone, dorm keys or computer.  He may be riding his blue mountain bike.

Michael is 5’9″ tall, 135 pounds and has curly reddish-brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information, please call 618-453-3771.

2 thoughts on “Michael Wiechmann: Missing student maybe in woods – FOUND

  1. I think it's funny sometimes, the way that parents of college students will report their child missing immediately – calling the police because they haven't heard from their kid. I think parents jump the gun in most cases, like this one, where this 18 year-old was off doing what he wanted. Seems like there is a lot of unnecessary stress at times when the parent calling would be more upset to know that their little darling is off drinking, smoking, or sleeping at their boy/girlfriend's apartment.

    But I guess hindsight is 20/20.

  2. I wonder sometimes if it is not a right of passage for some young men. They need to go off by themselves and know they can survive on their own, before they completely leave the nest.

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